Welcome to the Brabazon Blog! We are trying to get a forum going that would be more instantaneous and universal than either the family website (brabazonarchive.com) or separate emailing. We have commenced with a handful of topics - taken from the website - to kick-start conversations. Your suggestions for additional areas of interest and emails of a personal nature can be sent to Michael Brabazon at mbbrabazon@yahoo.co.uk

As we are probably all now aware, the Brabazon Clan is not homogenous but rather a mosaic of smaller genetic groupings, sometimes explicable by descent via a Brabazon female line, sometimes due to the adoption of the Brabazon name for various known or unknown reasons. By casting the discussion network as wide as possible perhaps we can begin to shed more light on each of the sub-lineages of the Clan - worldwide brainstorming, so to speak!

The Earl and Countess of Meath remain the standard bearers of the Brabazon name, and I think we would all agree that we have an excellent family at the very heart of the Brabazon Clan. Across the spectrum of our Family we are a good microcosm of Irishness in all its cultural forms and our cohesiveness in diversity is perhaps the best testimony to the greatness of our ancestors. So start blogging and let's see where it goes!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Brabazon Landmarks - Brabazon Range: New Zealand

The Brabazon Range is located by the Rangitata River in Canterbury, in the middle of the South Island and is now part of the Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park. Brabazon Downs, Brabazon Saddle, Brabazon Stream and Mount Brabazon are all in the same area. They were named after John Brabazon from Co Westmeath, Ireland who was in partnership with Samuel Butler at Mesopotamia Station between 1862 and 1864. The Brabazon Range is mostly just past the north-west boundary of the property.

John Brabazon, eldest son of James Brabazon of Jamestown House near Mullingar, left Ireland in 1859 when he was about 18 years old and travelled to New Zealand via Australia. Early in 1861 he was at Mesopotamia Station as a cadet, to learn sheep farming. About March 1862 he bought a quarter share in the business, then looked after the property while Butler overwintered in Christchurch. By 1864 Samuel Butler had made his fortune and wished to return to England. The partnership was dissolved in March and the station was sold.
Brabazon Range from Crooked Spur Hut in summer, photograph by Hilary Iles. Crown Copyright: Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai.

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